WHAT Cambridge Science Park is to research, Huntingdon could become to product development - bridging the gap between boffins and mass production of new products. Huntingdonshire District Council is looking to develop the corridor between Hinchingbrooke and Brampton as it is ideally placed for companies specialising in moving ideas to prototype stage, the council's head of policy Ian Leatherbarrow told The Hunts Post. Planners believe part of the Hinchingbrooke Hospital site that is set to be sold after patients moving to refurbished wards in the main hospital building would be a perfect location for such firms - close to the main line railway and the trunk road network. Such a move would bring high quality jobs to the district at a time of rapid expansion. It is the business growth that could help HDC to pump-prime industrial expansion in the town, with the council receiving an extra £400,000 reward for expanding the £120million annual rateable value of commercial premises in the district. Under the three-year Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme, HDC received £36,000 in 2006 and £453,000 earlier this year. But following a challenge by Slough and Corby councils, the High Court told the Treasury it had got its sums wrong, and HDC is one of scores of local authorities to benefit. The council's extra £400,000 brings the total pot to nearly £900,000 for the first two years of the scheme. Although the money is not ring-fenced, the council is under pressure from local businesses - and the strong advice of some of its senior officers - to use the cash for further expansion of the district's business base.